Top Most Dog-Friendly Cities in the US

Hello, my name’s Sara, and I am the proud mum of Bailey, who is – at least to me – the most adorable Labrador in the world. I also write doggie articles for OfficiallyPets, which you may want to check out.

While Bailey goes almost everywhere with me, he has yet to come away on holiday with me. I’ve always entrusted him to the care of our house sitter who gladly takes care of him while I am away.

I got to thinking about taking my furry friend on vacation with me and looked up some places that are ‘pet-friendly.’

Almost 70% of households in the US have pets so it should come as no surprise that many cities are pet-friendly. With some 60.2 million families owning a dog, cities are hard pressed to provide places for pets to walk safely, along with parks where they can run freely.

Dog-friendly cities have more walkable streets, more shops where dogs are accepted and more restaurants where you can take your dog.

So, in doing some research, I found that it is often better to head to the west side of the country to find pet-friendly cities. This is partly due to the sunshine, which means more outdoor time with your pooch.

Unfortunately to live in a dog-friendly city costs more than other places, in fact, the top ten dog-friendly cities are also the top ten most expensive to live in. But for people like me who simply want to take their pooch away with them, there is a great selection from all over the country.

If you plan to get a dog, then it may be worth your while to check out any breed restrictions in the area you want to live in. Here are some “breed restrictions” you may not be familiar with.

So, what makes a dog-friendly city?

Well, the answer is very simple, or at least it should be. Dog-friendly cities pay special attention to the needs of the dog as well as the owner. Every dog owner likes to be with their dog, and often this is not possible.

A dog friendly city will cater to dogs, they will be allowed into restaurants and often into bars, there will be special parks so that dogs can run safely without fear of traffic and accidents, there will be plenty of places for dogs to pee, poop and get fresh water, and most importantly there will be parks where dogs and their owners can play or sit and watch others play, and just enjoy each other’s company.

With so many people opting to live in cities due to their work, it becomes an issue to be able to take your pooch out safely, also knowing that he will be accepted anywhere you go, and not have to be left at home alone.

It would be good to see a good selection of doggie shops in these cities so that owners can take their furry friends out to choose a new outfit every so often, just like humans do.

Dog-friendly cities should have a selection of pet shops where you can buy your pooch a throw and fetch toy on your way to the park.

A dog-friendly city also needs to have a good ratio of vets to take care of dogs who get hurt or ill.

Las Vegas

This city has 4 dog parks for every 100,000 residents. Because of the weather you hardly ever have to check before you head out with your dog. Las Vegas has just 14 days of rain per year.

While the centre of the city gets congested and may not be pleasant for you or your dog, there are so many open places to head for, you will most likely not have covered all of them on one trip.

San Diego

Whether you prefer eating, walking, shopping or just lounging around, you can do it here with your pooch right beside you! The city is crammed with dog-friendly restaurants and has many good dog-friendly shopping centres.

Unfortunately, it is very expensive to live here, but holidaymakers are well catered for, and pooches are especially welcome. You will find plenty of poop bins along the seafront and several areas where it is safe for your dog to paddle in the sea.

San Francisco

One-third of the city is walkable! Additionally, there are 3.7 dog parks for every 100,000 residents. This city gets top scores for dog-friendly restaurants as well as dog-friendly shopping centres.

Dogs are also allowed on trolleys and even in some gyms. San Francisco is home to the annual festival to celebrate dogs. The proceeds go towards the local elementary school.

You will find that there is more than 50 dog meet groups at any one time, so no excuse for your dog to be lonely or bored!

The cost of living here, is, unfortunately, sky high, which is a pity as it has everything to make it a paradise for dogs and their owners.


An interesting fact about Austin is that it is home to 35 pet photographers! I suppose that will be an indication of how much the city loves dogs!

There is even a local food truck which stops to hand out treats to dogs while they walk. Most restaurants welcome dogs on the patios when the weather is warm – which is most of the time.

There is a swimming spot especially for pooches where they can cool off on a hot day. If you are into Yoga, then you will find several yoga classes where your dog can come along and join you.


With 350 days of sunshine each year, this is a great place for dogs and owners who like walking or hiking. There are plenty of local trails where you can safely trek off with your pooch for the day.

Tucson is home to Pitbulooza which is the annual festival of Pit Bulls and Pitbull Awareness, although all dogs of any breeds are welcomes to this with open arms.


This city has 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents. There are over 170 restaurants where you can happily take your dog with you and three dog-friendly shopping centres.

Additionally, the city gets only 28 days of rain per year, making this a great place to plan your next vacation. It is very unlikely that rain will spoil your plans here!


Known as the ‘Mile High’ city, Denver is filled with great hiking trails for you and your pooch. Take some dog toys with you and your pooch will get plenty of exercise!

There are several great dog-friendly shopping centres where you will both be welcomed. This city has one of the best walkability ratings in the US because it has so many trails and paths to hike along.

Colorado Springs

This city has plenty of trails which run out into the most beautiful spots you can imagine! There are not only plenty of parks, but you can trek through Pike National Forest or Seven Falls which is a canyon with several waterfalls.

The Garden of the Gods is a National Landmark where you can hike to your heart’s content with your furry friend. Anyone who has been here will say that this should be on your list of places to see.


This city has 33 dog parks, which is the largest per capita dog park to residents than anywhere else. You can even join the social network for dog lovers.

There are several pubs where you are welcome to take your dogs while you stop for a beer. This is one of the few cities where you can take your dog into the pub with you.

The Pit Bull Parade takes place every year, and the Pug Crawl is a dog meet where you can let your dog meet other pet owners.

New York City

There are some 455,000 dogs in the City of New York, making the statistics of one dog for every 20 people.

Manhattan leads the way in being the most dog-obsessed borough and in 2017 they had the most licensed dogs in the US.

The city is very walkable with plenty of shops and restaurants where you and your dog are welcome.

Unfortunately – as you would expect – to live there is very expensive, and the weather is not the best with over 76 days of rain per year.

To sum up

Well, I’ve found out a few things about dog-friendly cities that I had not realized before. When I take Bailey on holiday with me, I will be heading for a city that caters to both his and my needs, to a city where I am not afraid to walk down the road for fear of traffic and go somewhere that we can find plenty of parks to explore.

Be sure to take an extra leash in case you need it, then head out with your pooch for a fun day!

While the east coast has the hiking trails, it is the west coast that has the sunshine. Of course, there is far less rain on the east side, so if you are on a short break, it may be worth it to head that way where you are pretty much guaranteed good weather.

There’s a huge choice of dog-friendly cities to choose from, I hardly know where to start!

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How To Make a Pet-Friendly Garden

When you have a pet, it’s essential to have an outdoor area. They can roam freely and enjoy the outdoors while still in a safe zone. It will bring them some exercise and fresh air which will help them to show good behavior and to stay healthy. After all, it’s so essential for your pet to get plenty of exercise so they don’t become overweight which can cause diseases such as diabetes and even lead to cancer in pets. Therefore, daily exercise will ensure they stay fit and healthy in your yard. Being outdoors with your pet is a lot of fun too for the family. The kids can play in the garden with your furry friend, and it’s a great way to get everyone outdoors. It’s an excellent bonding experience and will ensure the whole family spends some quality time with your pet.

However, you need to make a few changes to your garden before letting your pet enjoy the outdoor area. After all, you want to ensure it’s a safe environment so that your pet can enjoy the space without coming into harm’s way. You don’t want to look back with regret if your pooch or cat gets injured due to mistakes which could have been avoided in your garden. Therefore, here is how to make a pet-friendly garden.

Ensure they have plenty of shade

We don’t often think about our pet’s needs when it comes to sunshine. While we pile on the sunscreen and take cover when necessary while in the hot weather, we also need to take steps to protect our pets too. After all, they are at risk of sunstroke and burning when in the sun. Therefore, when your pets are outdoors in warmer weather, you do need to create shade for them so that they can relax without overheating. You don’t want them to end up ill with dehydration due to the hot sun. You don’t want their paws to end up burnt due to too much time in the sunshine. You might want to set up a small shelter for your pooch or feline friend to relax in when they have been in the garden for a while in the hot sun. Making sure there is furniture such as table and chairs and benches from companies like Sloane and Sons Garden Benches will help you to create shade for your beloved pets.

After all, they can relax underneath the furniture, so they don’t end up with sun-related injuries. Also, you can sit on these benches while you keep an eye on your furry friend. It’s also wise to add some form of pet bed to your garden. As well as providing them shelter from the sun, it’s a great place for them to take a break when necessary from the busy outdoor area. They can go and take a nap and get some space while in the garden. And it will give them that all important shade while in the garden. As it says on this blog from healthy pets this blog from healthy pets, make sure you put it out of direct sunlight. That way, the bed won’t get too warm and cause your furry friend to become uncomfortable.

Opt for pet-friendly plants

You might not realise that there are a few plants that are toxic to your pets. Therefore, if they end up consuming them when out in the garden, they will get ill, and it could even lead to death. So, if you want to create the ultimate pet-friendly garden, you need to only opt for plants which are fine around your furry friends. Before you head to the garden centre, check what plants are not good for your pets. It’s important to avoid plants like daffodils, tulips, and lilies which are all harmful to your pets. That way, you can let your plants enjoy the garden without the risk of illness. Fill the garden with pet-friendly plants which will bring colour to your garden and will look beautiful without putting your pet at risk. If you are ever unsure if a plant is okay around your pet, call your vet who will be happy to advise you on whether it could potentially cause a risk to your pet.

Go for a secure fence

While it’s good to let your pet out in the garden, you need to make sure that they stay within the garden. You don’t want your beloved pooch to make the great escape and end up running into danger. They could get lost or injured if they run in front of a vehicle. Therefore, if you want a pet-friendly garden, you should make sure there are no holes and gaps in your fence. You should fix any broken panels and ensure it’s very secure so your pet won’t be able to wriggle through. If you are still worried about your pet getting out from your garden, you might want to look into something like a wireless fence containment system.

With one of these, it will stop your pet from getting outside of safe areas. It will train your pet to stay in certain areas of the garden so they won’t be tempted to make an escape. Whilst you can let them play in the garden without having to worry about them escaping. As well as stopping them getting out, you want to make sure no other animal can get in who could harm your pet. That way, you can let them out in the garden for a play without putting them in danger. Therefore, ensure the fence is secure to stop other pets getting in your garden.

Put hazardous items away

It’s easy to leave the odd tool out in your garden. You might have been raking up the leaves and forgot to put it away. Or you could have been mowing your yard and got distracted. But if your pet goes out and gets too close to a tool, they could end up getting injured. Therefore, it’s so important that you put any hazardous item away in their rightful place. Whether locked in a garage or a shed, you need to make sure that it is not left lying around in your garden.

After all, intrigued pets will think it’s a play toy. You need to make sure that sheds with hazardous items are closed at all times. After all, they might head into the area if it’s left open after use. Remember it’s not just tools you need to worry about; paint and pest control are also highly dangerous to your pet. So, make sure these are in a safe place before letting your pet outside in the garden.

Make sure the garden is pest-free

You want to make sure that your beloved pet can go out in the garden without fearing that they might come back into the house full of fleas or ticks. After all, these can cause great stress to your pet. They scratch so much that their skin can get irritated. As well as causing discomfort to your pet, it can cause problems for your household. After all, they spread like wildfire in your home and are a nightmare to get rid of. Therefore, you need to make sure there are no pests in your garden before you let your cat or dog outside to play. For starters, you should make sure to trim the grass and trees in your garden.

As discussed in this article about preventing fleas from entering your home, by trimming the grass and trees, you are removing places for fleas to hide in your garden. Also, it stops other animals coming into your garden which is the carrier of fleas. You should also look into using some form of product in your garden. For instance, a Flea & Tick Yard & Kennel Spray will kill fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes in your garden. Safe for plants and trees, the spray will not be harmful to your pets. But most importantly, it will ensure they won’t come back into your home with pests after playing in the garden.

Be careful when it comes to water features

Be careful with water features as they can put your pet in danger of drowning. A pond or hot tub will be appealing to your curious cat or pooch. If you are distracted, they might lean forward and accidentally fall in. They then might not be able to get out of the water. Therefore, you should put a fence around water features in your garden to keep your beloved pets safe. That way, they won’t be able to reach these features and will keep away a safe distance. If your furry friend does love water, you could look at getting them a dog pool. As discussed on this blog about dog pools, it gives your pet a chance to cool off in the summer months. It’s a lot of fun watching them splash about in the pool, and they can safely have a paddle. It will stop them from risking their life jumping into the hot tub or pond instead.

Author bio:
Edward Sloane is the owner of Sloane and Sons Garden Benches, who offer out a range of high-quality garden benches and dining furniture to give your outdoor seating area an elegant feel.


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7 Easiest Dog Breeds to Care For

Looking for a new furry companion for your home is a very exciting time! With most dogs easily living 10+ years, bringing home a dog is a start to a long and wonderful period of special companionship. However, getting a new dog isn’t necessarily that easy.

With our current lives already taking up a good portion of our time, many people want a dog that will easily fit into their daily life. While there are some more hands-on dogs, there are a plethora of canines that are more mild-mannered and independent.

What Does “Easy To Care For” Mean?

Because of the fact that dogs are such complex creatures, there are quite a few ways that we can define “easy to care for” dogs. Ease of training, friendliness, energy levels, and medical care are some of the main characteristics that contribute to a dog’s ranking. These characteristics hold various weight for different people, so consider each dog individually based on your particular circumstances.

All Dogs Are Different

Even though 2 dogs may be the same breed, that doesn’t mean that they’re exactly the same. View our analysis as more of a guideline than an all-encompassing rating of the breed. A dog’s training, age, and overall temperament can make it a lot easier or more difficult to care for than normal.

Basset Hound

Behind those big floppy ears and adorable, sympathetic eyes, basset hounds have a personality that’s just as sweet! These dogs make for fantastic family companions due to their very laid-back and easygoing nature. Not only are they very mild-mannered, but they’re also incredibly friendly and get along well with adults and children alike.

These dogs are considered easy to care for, for several reasons. Their temperament is friendly but not overly excitable, not demanding too much attention. This doesn’t mean they can be left alone for very long, though, so always be prepared to have them lounging nearby. Their short hair also makes them easy to groom, and their lower energy means that they are perfectly happy with a daily walk and a few short play sessions.

One thing to note about Basset Hounds is their stubborn nature. This trait can make these dogs a bit hard to train at times but doesn’t really become an issue. Their short hair does shed a good amount, too, so prepare to bring out the vacuum!


Beagles are one of the most stereotypical “caring companion dogs”. This breed is extremely loyal to their owners, playful, and enthusiastic about anything that they do. If you live a slightly more active lifestyle, then a beagle will make an excellent addition to your family!

Friendliness to all kinds of people is a key beagle trait, meaning aggression is never really a concern. Their short hair is also very easy to take care of, requiring little to no maintenance. In fact, their overall health is easy to care for, as this breed has a nice lack of genetic diseases.

Beagles do have a good amount of energy, but it’s nothing that someone already living a semi-active lifestyle can’t handle. Beagle owners commonly state that it’s best to have 2 beagles to keep each other company and prevent loneliness or separation anxiety.

Like basset hounds, beagles can also be a bit stubborn when it comes to training, meaning that you have to be diligent early on to curb bad behavior. Once they have adequate training, though, problems tend to be few and far in between.


Greyhounds are commonly affiliated with being wildly-fast runners, but that’s more of a day job than a defining characteristic. In reality, these dogs are very lovable and calm. They enjoy spending the better part of the day lounging on the couch with you and enjoying the sun on their face.

In terms of demeanor, there are few dogs better than a greyhound. This breed is extremely friendly towards anyone that they come across, and they’re very easy to train due to their intelligence. Their short hair is also easy to take care of, requiring only occasional brushing.

A common myth about greyhounds is that they need a LOT of exercise due to their history of running. In reality, they’re sprinters, meaning that they only require intense exercise for very short periods of time. So, a daily walk and some light playing are usually more than enough to keep them satisfied.

Greyhounds are pretty timid, especially if you get a retired racing dog. Therefore, it’s recommended that you socialize them as early as possible to help reduce their anxiety. Aside from this, it’s hard to find complaints about this breed.

Cocker Spaniel

These gentle, loving dogs make for phenomenal pets, which is a reason why so many families opt for one! Cocker Spaniels are extremely intelligent and devoted dogs that can adapt to their owner’s lifestyle and add to it rather than hindering it.

Due to their exceptional intelligence, cocker spaniels are very easy to train and socialize. This is excellent, as they can also be quite destructive and anxious if they’re not properly trained early on in their life. Although they can be a bit rambunxious, cocker spaniels are still very friendly to people of all ages.

Daily walks and playtime are absolutely required for these energetic pups, but nothing beyond what a normal pet owner can handle. If you’re away at work at all, prepare to give them extra loving when you get home.

One notable feature about Cocker Spaniels is their beautiful coat. With such beauty comes great responsibility — meaning that you’ll need to provide consistent brushing and regular groomings.


These minuscule pups make for surprisingly great companions! Chihuahuas are always down to do whatever it is that you want to do. Whether it’s going to the store in your bag, going on a walk around the park, or going for a drive, your chihuahua would always be 110% down to go with you.

With proper training early on, these dogs are incredibly friendly and easy to train. Chihuahuas have a moderate energy level, meaning that they’re satisfied with a nice walk and some playtime every day. However, it also means that they can get destructive when left alone for a while. Therefore, it’s recommended that you either get two chihuahuas or make sure that they’re not left alone for too long.

On top of their nice demeanor, chihuahuas are easy to groom with their short coat and don’t require much maintenance at all. Do note that they’re very small dogs, so they’re a bit frail. Extreme temperatures or terrain can be dangerous for chihuahuas, so make sure that you’re accommodating them properly.

Labrador Retriever

If you ask anyone to name a dog breed that’s loyal, gentle, and unconditionally loving, there’s a good chance it’s a labrador retriever. This breed of dog has a positive energy that can’t be overlooked and will never fail to make you smile.

Because they’re such a great companion animal, Labradors are eager to please you, making them very easy to train and socialize with humans and other dogs. Because of this, you’ll almost never struggle with getting your lab to behave properly. They’re also easy to care for grooming-wise, as they have short hair that just needs to be brushed regularly.

One thing to note about labrador retrievers is that they have a lot of energy — more than most breeds! Therefore, you’ll need to take your lab on regular walks, play with them, and keep them mentally stimulated. For active households, Labrador retrievers will fit right in without a problem.


Havanese are some of the most loving dogs you’ll ever meet in your life. A lot of heart is rolled into this small package of a dog that won’t ever want to leave your lap. Actually, they won’t want to leave you, period! However you spend your days, a Havanese would be more than happy to tag alongside you.

This breed is excessively friendly and gets along with almost anyone. They’re also easy-going, willing to spend most of their day just relaxing or being active with you. Attending agility or obedience classes is also something that Havanese are eager to do, which is quite a plus.

Havanese don’t like being left alone for too long, becoming sad and even howling for you. They also need to be trained and socialized early on to fight their timidness and bad habits like barking.

Despite their longer fur, Havanese are fairly simple to keep groomed, and certain haircuts can keep them looking like a little puppy their entire life. They can even be groomed at home using clippers, saving a lot of money over the years.

Wrap Up

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of variety between the 7 breeds of dogs highlighted above. While they’re all fairly easy to care for (as are many other dog breeds that aren’t highlighted in this list), each breed has special characteristics that make them better suited for some people over others.

Therefore, it’s important that you consider your lifestyle and think about how a particular breed would fit into it. While dogs are very adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle, it’s generally a better idea to look into a dog that already closely aligns with your life.

A dog is supposed to be a companion, not a liability. If you see taking care of your dog as more of a hindrance than a pleasure, that’s not a good situation for either of you! Putting the effort into finding the right dog for yourself will ensure that the next years of your life will be filled with unconditional love and companionship.

About the Author
Zach is a life-long pet owner and enthusiast. He was born into a family of pet lovers, and since then has owned several dogs, mice, ferrets, fish, geckos, and a cat. This experience has given him the knowledge necessary to help others become excellent pet owners on his website Beyond The Treat with detailed gear, housing, and feeding guides for all pets.

Tips for Starting and Running A Horse Business

Horses are never a lukewarm interest. The passion of any horse lover is one that runs deep within the fiber of their being. It’s the kind of ardor that can lie dormant for many years, often pacified with brief excursions in the saddle or a photo shoot with your favorite steed, but sooner or later it comes out full-force. This can sometimes manifest in the form of creating a horse-related business of some sort or another. After all, if you can combine your life’s work with something that brings revenue, that’s the best case scenario, right?

Buckle Up for the Ride

So, you’re thinking of finally chasing that dream and starting your own horse business? It won’t all come together without a little upfront investment. And we’re not just talking about mucking stalls, cleaning tack, and lugging around feed either… Don’t worry, though, you get to do all of that, too.

In the meantime, there are a lot of other details that go into starting any business of this nature, or any small business really. The origin of each individual venture will be chock full of its own challenges and obstacles. As an upfront encouragement, while these difficulties can be a pain at times, don’t give in to that temptation to throw your hands up in despair. Just go back to riding on the weekends.

Through patience, diligence, and a thorough knowledge of what’s required, all of the nitty-gritty obstacles can be checked off one by one until the dream of owning your own horse-centric business finally becomes a reality. From being ready when tax season rolls around to likely events where you need extra help. Let’s break things down and go over some of the scenarios you might run into when starting your business.

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Protecting Yourself

The first thing to ask yourself is,  whether you want to form your business as a separate entity. While you can technically be a sole proprietor of your business (if you’re the only owner) that can leave your personal possessions at risk if something were to go south along the way.

Often it’s a wise move to consider creating an LLC or S Corp. Either option can both provide some legal protection, as well as allow you to write off business costs as you go.

Another factor that is important for any small business, but especially one as physical as owning horses, is safety. Keep your horses’ safety in mind as you go about setting up your dream ranch. However, remember that your workers are also going to need some protection. Workers’ compensation is an important insurance tool, as it can help cover things like wages and medical expenses if a worker is injured “in the course and scope” of doing their job.

Along with workers’ compensation insurance, there are a few other insurances that every small business needs. While your overall insurance needs will depend on what kind of business you have, some may include general liability insurance, business interruption insurance, and employment practices liability insurance. These will help protect you from any incident of damage or injury from sending your business into bankruptcy.

The Tax Factor

Taxes can be one of the most daunting elements of running your own business. While you may still be dealing with animals, it’s not going to be quite the same as simply adding up your typical pet-related tax deductions. In this case, you’re making money on the deal, so the equation changes a bit. From keeping track of expenses to filling out countless forms and legal jargon, it can initially be a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless,  it’ll come in handy when it comes to making sure you’ve got all of your ducks in a row each time tax season rolls around.

But the good news is that recent changes in tax laws have generally made things better for small business owners. While it’s impossible (and largely fruitless, thanks to the laws’ constant shifts and changes) to get into the minutia of tax laws in an article of this length, it’s highly recommended that you find an accountant who you can genuinely trust. This gives you peace of mind knowing that a professional is helping you keep up to date with any changes.

Employees in Small Business

While it’s always fun to chase your dreams, sometimes starting a business can be a lot of work. But before you just pop a sign up informing everyone that “we’re hiring!” you’re going to want to consider a few complications that employees bring into the picture.

Employee Benefits

The question of employee benefits is an old one, stretching far back into the 19th century. Culturally shocking events like the Industrial Revolution ushered in the issue of how to create job security and stable wages. Since then, the concept has continued to shape itself, often through radical developments via the Federal government. Legislation such as COBRA, meant to help bridge gaps in healthcare during times of financial difficulty, or the introduction of the minimum wage are good examples of this.

While some of these changes apply to all businesses, though, others like FMLA (the Family and Medical Leave Act) only affect companies with 50 workers or more. Additionally, the various statuses of your employees or contract workers make a huge difference in what they are eligible for.

Often hiring part-time employees can significantly reduce the number of benefits that you must provide for them. While it’s often wise to offer as many benefits as you comfortably can if you want to attract and retain happy and skilled employees, the harsh reality of a start-up business is that sometimes you have to look at the books and make some tough financial decisions.

If you want to offer things like healthcare and 401k matching to any employees, you’ll need to consider those costs (or perks, as they’re considered from the employee’s perspective) when you consider taking on a new employee.

Minimum Wage

Probably the most famous employee protection of them all is the minimum wage law. This guarantees that no employee will be paid under a certain dollar amount. As of now (Feb. 2019), the Federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 per hour. Currently, there are state governments have their own minimum wage that is slightly higher than the Federal, but many still choose to stay at $7.25.

However, there have been many recent efforts to increase this, some of them rather dramatically. In 2013 President Obama called for an increase of the minimum wage of nearly two dollars, while a few years later the “Fight for $15” movement brought the hopeful number up to $15, an over 200 percent increase.

While it’s easy for larger corporations to have a bit of wiggle room, small business owners must consider the cost of hiring workers and how that might be affected by raises in the Federal minimum wage. It’s something that you’ll want to keep in mind both initially and over time, as something like the “Fight for $15” movement. If applied to smaller businesses, you could see your employee expenditures double overnight.

As a side note, many policies that are as sweeping as a large hike to the minimum wage are regularly meant to be only applicable to larger companies. It’s often not worth spending time and worry on potential law changes such as these until the issue truly becomes a reality for small businesses.


One factor that affects both full-time and part-time employees alike is overtime work. Now, just to clarify, this doesn’t mean that if you’ve got someone working 20 hours a week and you need them for 23 hours on a particular seven-day stretch that suddenly you need to start paying them overtime. According to the FLSA, all employees must be paid overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a single work week. Full-time or not, an employee must work past that 40-hour mark for the pay to go to overtime.

At that point, pay must increase to at least 150% of the normal rate. In other words, an employee that is paid $10.00 per hour is going to be making $15.00 per hour for any extra time they put in.

The State Factor and the Professionals

Finally, you’re going to want to keep your state and local government in mind as you sort through things and get ready to launch your brand new equine venture. While many of the elements we’ve discussed are purely Federal in nature, there are often legal situations and other requirements that boil down to state and local laws. Minimum wage, as mentioned before, can often be different in your state or local area. If there is a discrepancy, the highest one must be adhered to. Thus, it behooves any savvy business owner to make sure that you’re addressing both the macro and micro government requirements as you go along.

As we already mentioned above, it can also be extremely helpful to try to find an accountant you can trust as you launch your startup. They can help answer questions and make sure you understand each situation that might arise. For example, depending on your situation, at times farm workers are often exempt from things like overtime or minimum wage. There are many other possible exemptions and exceptions that a smaller ranch can fall under depending on the size of their operation or the state they live in.

It’s All About Getting Started

It’s important to remember that many of the factors discussed above are issues that are resolved at the beginning of your journey. Many of them become easier to deal with over time or, once set up, just require maintenance, such as keeping up on minimum wage laws or making sure you understand the current tax requirements for the year.

While it can be a bit overwhelming at first, the grunt work that goes into setting up a business is often well worth the effort if your dream career as a rancher lies on the other side.

If you liked this article, you may want to check out some of our other popular reads, like this one on trucking with your dog and or how to ensure your kids and pets become friends.

About the Author
Devin writes from somewhere along the West Coast. He is infected with wanderlust but always tries to bring his dog, Scrummy, along for the ride. You can follow him on Twitter.


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14 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Who doesn’t want a loyal pet? When it comes to loyalty from pets, nothing can beat the friendship from a dog. However, dogs’ behavior depends on several factors. The breed, their health care, training schedule — and so forth. However, some dog breeds are very friendly, and they are just ready to play when anyone crosses their path. However, some dogs are only loyal to their owners and do not show such affection or attitudes towards strangers.

We have created a list of the most loyal dog breeds. Take a look at what we discovered.


The first on the list is the Akita, a loyal dog breed with Japanese origins. They are intensely loyal to their owners. Not only are they loyal, but they also show dignity and courage in their behavior. With proper training and socializing, they can become an entertaining, respectful, and affectionate friend.

Have you heard the story of the world’s most famous dog? Well, it is a well-known story in Japan. Hachiko walked with his owner every day to the station and one day when the owner met an unexpected death, Hachiko waited there. Not only for the day, but he went there every day in the hope to see his owner returning. Well, Hachiko was an Akita.


The Beagle is considered as one of the most loved family dogs. The AKC (American Kennel Club) also found these dominant dogs best for hunting and companions for humans. Beagles were originally bred to hunt in packs, and follow their nose. They love the company of other dogs and are super affectionate towards humans (including kids) and other canines. When you train your Beagle with care, they become your best companion.


Boxers are not only loyal to their humans, but they are also considered as the best guarding dogs. These canines are super protective. Most families prefer this breed because of they’re playful and at the same time protective. With proper training, these pups can be the best family dogs. However, don’t let the fact that boxers have been used in dogfighting in the past, according to DogTime, boxers are very patient and gentle with children.


Brittany’s have a love for running, playing, hunting, scouting, and exercising with their owners. They love to be on their own, but at the same time, they are accurately responsive to the directions they get from their owners.

When you have this breed of dog in your house, you will never be bored! They are vibrant and always ready to play. These dogs are very active and need lots of exercises daily. Not only physical activity, but they also perform well in mentally challenging tasks. You can take them hiking with you, and they will never fail to impress you.


The Chihuahua has developed a reputation for being a small dog with a big personality. However, you should not underestimate the intelligence of this little pup. They are very loyal to their owners. According to the AKC, a Chihuahua does not need extensive training to become a friendly companion to their human.

Most Chihuahuas weigh less than four pounds, and they are the tiniest breeds. They can be aggressive to strangers. It is their protective instincts that lead them to act fiercely. They need gentle training and care to stay happy.


They have a keen sense of smell, they are very friendly, and they can also be amusing. Many celebrities own this breed due to their liveliness and generous nature. Dachshunds are highly intelligent with an excellent hunting spirit and are easily bored. A Dachshund loves to do independent activities, but when given a fair chance they love family activities as well. When given a chance, they are incredibly devoted to their humans.

Doberman Pinscher

A carefully trained Doberman pinscher can be your best friend and also the most efficient guardian. They love their humans and are raised in and can be friendly and protective to the children. This intelligent breed is highly trainable, and that is why a Doberman pinscher is used in police and military operations. Doberman pinschers are undoubtedly loyal and love to be active throughout the day.

German Shepherd

With a great personality, the German Shepherd also possesses intelligence and noble nature. This is one of the most powerful and famous breeds all across the world. German Shepherds need to be exercised daily physically and mentally, and they are very protective of their humans. They are widely popular for activities in rescue operations, military operations, and even as canine athletes. They sometimes have a hard time getting to know their family and outside acquaintances. However, at the same time, German Shepherds have proven to be one of the best family dogs and are faithful to their owners.

Great Pyrenees

These smart mountain dogs are calm, strong-willed, patient, and at the same time affectionate. They love their owners unconditionally. An adult Great Pyrenees dog can weigh more than one hundred pounds, and they live life as a leader. You need to train them with patients and care. A properly trained Great Pyrenees can become a great family dog. They love their humans and also get along with dogs of other breeds; you need to socialize them at an early stage of life.

Irish wolfhound

This is one of the tallest and also the most loyal breeds of AKC. They have submissive personalities and want to spend as much time relaxing. They do not need as much exercise as the German Shepherd or other larger breeds. They develop a deep bond with the family and loves to be a part of every family activity. They might seem too big to play with small children, but they are very safe and gentle. You need to ensure that you provide firm and constant training to your Irish Wolfhound as they act just like a puppy until the age of two. They sometimes do not show interest in learning the rules, so a firm but gentle beginning is key to opening up their mind.


You might not have heard about this dog breed, but as far as loyalty is concerned these dogs have proved as one of the best. You can surely rely on Kuvasz to ensure the safety of your family members. They never let their humans down when it comes to protecting them. At the same time, they are sweet and energetic. They can be easily trained, and there is no need to be harsh during the training.

Rough Collie

The Rough Collie is known for its protective abilities. They are incredibly loyal and do not hesitate to show their devotion to their humans. They are energetic but do not like to show enthusiasm all the time. Instead, these collies prefer relaxing with the family members at home. They are also great with children and are good-natured and affectionate.

St. Bernard

As per the AKC report, the St. Bernard is famous for his love and loyalty. If you want a loyal dog in your house, the St. Bernard will never disappoint you. They are obedient and also playful with children. It is considered a perfect family pet. However, you need to be extra careful in training and socializing, and you should be prepared to put in some extra efforts.

Skye Terrier

The list of most loyal dog breeds is not complete without mentioning the Skye terrier. This breed is famous for its devotion and loyalty. They love long walks with their owners and playtime in the park. Skye terriers are super active and need daily outdoor activity. You should pay proper attention to their socialization to keep their personality joyful. They are also known for digging and barking. So if you have a garden, don’t let them lose in the night! They prefer adults as to playing with children. So while training them, you should be extra careful if you have small people at home.

Wrap Up

Now you know some of the most loyal dog breeds across the world. Dogs have always been the best friends of humans. Even a street dog you feed and play with regularly shows some level of loyalty. So all you need to do is to have the dog you love most and focus on their care, training & their total health. Any dog that you raise from its puppyhood will be a part of your family forever. Train them well and take care of them and you will have an unlimited flow of unconditional love.

About the Author
Bobbie is a true entrepreneur. She’s always connecting products and people and building relationships. Her career in media and marketing spans over 20 years and she has also owned a media agency since 2005. Her ultimate goal was to put together a “dream-team” of experts in each of their fields from which support and knowledge could be drawn. This team is dedicated to creating the very best in support nutraceuticals for both humans and pets. More Natural Healing was formed with this goal in mind! It’s not just farm to table, but rather farm to science to a formula, to you.


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Bringing Home a New Puppy Checklist

Many people would love to have dogs at home, but some of them worry if they can afford it. Pets need space, walking in the fresh air, special food, accessories, and grooming products. Dogs are all about companionship. Plus, they are really playful. So before bringing a puppy home, ask yourself:

  • Do I have enough time to give to my new four-legged friend?
  • Do I have enough space for him?
  • Do I have enough energy for a pet?

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Dogs aren’t just for fun, they’ll keep you active. It’s essential to give them at least a 30-minute walk twice a day. Do you have enough time for him? Dogs are very active creatures, and they need to spend energy. Otherwise, say “goodbye” to your shoes and furniture as your pooch will totally ruin them. The bigger the pet, the more space it needs. Prepare special spaces for your fluffy companion in advance considering its size. Also, mind that it will require a lot of your energy as well. If you come home late exhausted after work, having a pet isn’t the best choice.

Prepare Your Home

You will need to get several essential supplies and canine accessories to give your pup a hearty welcome, such as:

  • Bowls for food and water
  • A collar
  • An ID tag with its owner address and phone number
  • A special shampoo and conditioner
  • Food (canned or dry – you can offer both types of food to the pet and then later identify which one is favorite)
  • 4-6 leashes
  • A bed or a soft home for pets
  • Nail clippers
  • A toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste
  • Plastic poop baggies
  • Toys
  • First-aid set
  • A brush or a comb
  • Absorbent pads
  • Treats
  • Baby gates

Now, when you bought all the necessary items, it’s time to finalize the preparations and talk to your family. At this stage, you will need to do the following:

Get rid of dangerous and fragile items as your dog may unintentionally damage them or get hurt
Assign your family members the roles regarding your pup’s upbringing
Find a book about your pet’s breed to get more information regarding your pet’s diet and the required amount of physical activity
Create a dog-friendly space, the pooch feels safe and at home

Introduction to the Home

  • Show your dog where its toilet area is
  • Give it a tour around the apartment
  • At first, limit its interactions with your family members as excessive communication may cause stress
  • Enforce potty training through a reward system
  • Show your dog his place and give him a treat

Now enjoy time with your new friend!


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Pet Friendly RV Tips for Dog Owners

Is there anything better than going on vacation with your four-legged best friend? Often, people need to leave their furry friends at home with a friend or at a doggie kennel when they go out of town. But, taking a trip in an RV allows you to bring your pup along with you. This way, you can have your fun getaway with your best friend at your side. It’ll allow you a change of scenery and getting to go on an adventure together.

In preparation for this trip, there are several steps an owner can take to keep their furry friends safe, comfortable, and happy while on the road. From the necessary RV maintenance to making a pet-friendly itinerary, there are plenty of tips you can use to make this the best RV trip ever!

Choose Your Destination

The first item on your agenda is to choose your destination. A popular destination for many RV travelers with pets is a national forest. Many of them allow dogs in at least some areas, though leash restrictions do apply.

According to the Travel Channel, here is a list of the most pet-friendly national parks in the U.S.:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • The Grand Canyon (Dogs are only allowed to hike the perimeter, not the canyon itself.)
  • The Appalachian Trail (There are three restricted areas for dogs.)
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Their list also includes national parks that may not be ideal destinations for people with pups. While dogs are permitted to enter most of these parks, restrictions may cause you headaches. Some of these parks only allow dogs in campgrounds, parking lots, and roads, and some entirely ban unruly pets. This means that you may want to avoid these destinations so that you can bring your dog on the trail with you and won’t have to worry about excessive restrictions.

National parks that are not recommended for pets include:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Zion National Park (except the Pa’rus trail)
  • Arches National Park
  • Mt. Rainier National Park (except the Pacific Crest Trail)
  • Yosemite (except the Wawona Meadow Loop)

If you are looking for a more festive trip, you can consider taking your pup to a festival or other event. Mardi Gras, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival are popular RV events for many travelers in America. They may be the perfect festivals for both of you to go to. Keep in mind, however, that while it’s okay to leave your dog in your RV for a short while — with permitting conditions — you may need to reserve a spot for them in a local kennel if you plan to go on a longer event. Leaving them in the RV while you go out for dinner is sometimes okay, but leaving them alone while you attend a festival is not.

You can also check out dog-friendly cities Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR. However, do research first, especially in regards to weather. While Phoenix offers pet-friendly places to visit, the heat may be too hot for your pup to handle. On the other hand, Portland may be rainy, which may result in muddy, if not closed, trails.

Plan Out Your Trip

Once you have chosen your destination, you can start planning out the details of your trip. Before you start planning out your activities, you need to plan out your route. Not only is it important for you to know which exits to take, how long the drive will take, and other key details, you also need to know how often you need to stop for your pet. This includes walks and bathroom breaks.

A great tip is to look at your route and mark all the rest stops, towns, and other opportunities for your pup to get out of the RV. You may not need to stop on all of these places on your drive. By looking at your map ahead of your trip can save you some trouble. For example, depending on where you are starting and ending, there may be a long stretch of the freeway without towns or rest stops — aka safe places to walk your dog. Taking them out to do their business on the side of the highway is less than ideal and can be dangerous.

Stay safe on the road!

Additionally, take a look at the map beforehand can help you have a better idea of what the road will be like. Driving in unfamiliar places is not easy, and driving an RV only adds to the challenge. It’ll give you a better feel for what the drive will be like and can help you avoid accidents.

Once you have a good idea of what the road will be like, you can plan out your activities. This may be a simple task if you are planning a simple trip out in nature at a pet-friendly national park. However, if you are planning on going to a festival or long event, you should know that in advance. This way, you can look for a dog kennel in your area and make reservations so your furry friend is safe and happy while you’re out.

If you are visiting a city, you can do some research to find pet-friendly places. Some restaurants, cafes, and bars may allow you to bring your dog along if you sit at the patio. You can bring Fido to find pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, activities, and events that you and your dog can enjoy.

Make a Doggie Space in Your RV

Now that you know where you’re going and what you will be doing, you can make sure your RV is pet-friendly. If you have your own RV, you can do this a few days in advance to make sure you have everything your pet needs. If you are renting one, you should know in advance what the model looks like and make a list of items that you will need in your RV.

Of course, for the safety of your animal, you should not let them roam around while you are driving. However, your pup should have a comfy area to sleep in at night or to rest in during non-driving hours in the daytime. Make sure to bring a bed, toys, food, treats, towels, and bowls for the RV. You should also have a travel pack where you can bring extra food, water, treats, bowls, and toys for your dog when you venture out.

Making a doggie space for your pooch in the RV can also help relieve their anxiety if they have nervous tendencies. A familiar blanket from home or their favorite toy can make them more comfortable in the RV while they’re away from home. This may also help to minimize barking and other disruptive behavior that may not be appreciated by neighbors.

RV Pet Safety

In addition to their relaxing doggie space, your dog will also need a designated traveling space where they can buckle up. Here are some additional safety tips for you and your dog:

  • Get a harness or pet carrier to properly secure your pet to their seat.
  • Avoid eye injuries by not rolling the windows down all the way.
  • Never hold your pet in your lap while driving. It’s illegal in some states and may cause an accident with serious injuries to everyone in the vehicle.
  • Keep your pup inside if the weather gets extreme.

Additionally, you should make sure that your RV is clean and well maintained before hitting the road. This includes typical RV maintenance, like checking the plumbing, gas system, tires, and more. It also includes making sure to have emergency cleaning supplies on hand in case of any accidents. You don’t want to be confined in a small space after your dog relieves himself without the ability to clean up.

Prep your RV accordingly

You should also look for emergency vets in the area you will be traveling to. Ideally, you can print out a map of them before you head out on vacation in case you need to find a vet and you don’t have service. Having a resource on hand can make a stressful situation a little easier to get through.

You also need to remember to pack your dog’s ID tags and make sure they are wearing them. Remember his leash at all times!

You never know how comfortable your pup will be in the RV, and you don’t want them to bolt suddenly without being able to find them. It’s even better if they are microchipped. Keep in mind that while your dog may like to roam, it’s always best to keep them leashed. In unfamiliar territory, you don’t want your best friend to run after a wild animal and get lost suddenly. It’s better to be safe than sorry in these situations.

Planning the perfect puppy vacation is easier than you think! By taking the time to research locations, plan out the road, and look into pet-friendly activities, you can make sure you and your doggie have a trip to remember forever. Always prioritize safety to make sure you and your pet both get home safely. By following this advice, you are guaranteed to have an amazing vacation with your best friend at your side.

About the Author
Frankie Wallace writes about a wide variety of different topics, from environmental issues to politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho


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7 Ways to Support Your Local Animal Shelter

According to the ASPCA, more than 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States each year. This includes roughly 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. While the number of animals euthanized annually is on the decline, there are still roughly 1.5 million every year. Adopting a shelter pet is one of the kindest things you can do to help the homeless pet population and your local animal shelter. Unfortunately, many people are unable to do so and, of course, no one can save every animal.

The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to help–even if you are unable to adopt. Here are a few great ways to support your local animal shelter.


If you can’t adopt, consider fostering. As a foster pet parent, you will provide a warm, loving home for a fur baby while the shelter is looking for their forever home. Fostering allows you to enjoy the companionship of an animal without committing to adopting, and it can make a huge difference in that creature’s life. It will also get them ready for their future home and reduce the anxiety they have when the time to join a new family finally comes.


Your local shelter is always in need. Whether you can afford to donate $10 per month, an occasional bag of dog food or several hundred (or thousand!) dollars per year, your donation will be greatly appreciated. Contact your local shelter to request a list of the supplies they use and need. From pet food and cat litter to trash bags and cleaning supplies, it takes a lot to run a shelter. Your local facility may even accept your old towels and blankets that are bound for the trash. Most places are always accepting of food and supplies donations so they can keep their animals well-fed and avoid the dangers of an unhealthy living environment.

When making monetary donations, be sure to send them directly to your local shelter. National organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) do great work, but they do not provide funding to local animal organizations.


In addition to a lot of supplies, shelters need a lot of manpower. While they are staffed by teams of employees, they also rely on help from volunteers. Talk to your local shelter about volunteer opportunities. Chances are, they would love to have you come visit and spend some time with the animals. Being in a shelter is extremely stressful for animals, and the employees are usually so busy with day-to-day operations that they are unable to do much to help mitigate the anxiety. By volunteering to take dogs for walks or spend some time socializing with cats, you can make the shelter a much less scary place for an animal in need.

If you have a special skill or provide a service that a shelter might need, volunteer to do it in your time off. Shelters have limited budgets, and they are extremely grateful when locals volunteer to provide plumbing, painting, construction and other types of services.


You can make a huge contribution to your local animal shelter even if you do not have a lot of money to donate personally. By hosting a fundraising event, you can help bring in much-needed funds and supplies for the homeless pets in your area. Partner with local businesses, or ask your friends and family members to donate to the shelter in lieu of sending you gifts for your birthday, Christmas, etc.

Make Toys

Whether you are a crafting expert or a novice, making toys for shelter dogs and cats is a fun way to make a meaningful contribution. Creating toys out of t-shirts is easy enough for anyone, and it’s a great project to involve the entire family in. If you don’t have a ton of old shirts around the house, consider ordering shirts in bulk to save money and pick your desired color scheme.

To get started:

1. Gather several shirts and cut them into strips measuring roughly 1 inch wide by 20 inches long.
— If you don’t have a bunch of old shirts, buying inexpensive wholesale t-shirts works well, too.
2. Lay the cut strips together in two sections of 10.
3. Twist the sections together and tie a large knot at each end. Make sure the knot is secure.

You can also make cat toys using old shirts!
Cut out 2 small pieces and then stitch together and fill with catnip for a fast and fun toy. You can also tie several small pieces of t-shirt fabric together to create pom-poms that cats will enjoy batting around.

Take Pictures

Animal shelters are increasingly using the Internet to find pets for homes rather than relying on hopeful adopters coming into the shelter and meeting animals. They share photos on sites like Facebook in hopes of sparking the interest of a loving pet parent. If you have a decent camera, volunteering to take pictures that shelter staff can share online is immensely helpful.

Spay and Neuter

If you have pets at home, have them spayed and neutered. In doing so, you are doing your part to fight pet overpopulation and keep unwanted animals out of shelters that are already overflowing.

Spaying/neutering is also good for your pets’ health and can eliminate many behavioral problems. Take responsibility for your own fur babies and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. If more people do their part to prevent unwanted litters, millions of animals can be kept out of shelters and off the streets.

Wrap Up

Supporting your local animal shelter is easy, and even a small contribution can make a huge difference. Cities are becoming more and more pet-friendly, providing even more opportunities for you to help! Whether you donate, volunteer, foster animals who are looking for homes or help in any other way, your efforts will go a long way toward improving the lives of animals in need and assisting the people who care for them.

About the Author
Brenda Kimble is a freelance writer and also a mother of three kids, two cats, and a new cocker spaniel puppy named Duke! She loves blogging, crafting, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys strolling the streets of her quaint neighborhood in Austin, Texas and finding the trendiest hotspots for fashion, food, and live music.



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How To Create A Space Just For Your Dog

Getting a new pooch or thinking about freshening up your living space because you are tired of repeatedly tripping over his water dish, or endlessly searching for the leash, then we have it all listed for you. Pet stuff is not always pretty and might not suit the aesthetics of your room. Read on for ways to strategically design a cozy space for your dog so you both live in synergy and thrive together.

Items You’ll Need

A cozy, comfortable bed that will fit your pooch well
A modish crate, if you are crate training or house training your puppy or adult dog
A bowl made from nontoxic, animal-friendly material
Some affordable dog toys that he can play with
A box or bin to store all his toys

Once you have all the bare necessities covered you can now move forward to creating a separate space for your pooch.
So here are 7 Simple Steps to Creating a Room for Fido.


The Room

Depending upon the size and nature of your dog, decide a room that’s spacious enough for your pet. It needn’t be a huge one, but just enough for your dog. Some dogs prefer tiny spaces to sleep and rest, while some dogs like Saint Bernard require more space and room to stay.
If you don’t have a spare room for your dog, don’t worry, the walk- in-closet or the space under the staircase works just fine.


Dog-proofing the space

As the owner, it is your responsibility to secure the surroundings by covering any electrical cords with tape.
Make sure there are no trash cans nearby.
Keep away the shoe rack, or any clothing item that you wouldn’t want your dog to put in his mouth.

Set a thermostat to check on the temperature and manage it keeping the room comfortable. Avoid any dangerous room heaters.


Opt for Dog-Friendly Material

Choose pet-friendly fabrics. Avoid fabrics like silk and velvet and instead opt for stain, smell and bacteria resistant fabric like Crypton. If you’re not a fan of synthetic material, then you could choose leather instead. It’s durable and easy to clean.

Rugs made from materials like sisal, jute, or seagrass will let you not sacrifice on the style and still decorate the space. These natural fiber rugs are easy to clean and are very durable.

Toys that don’t shed or are made from nontoxic materials should be used.


The Bed

Once you have decided the space you want to make as a room for your pooch, it’s time to decorate and organize it.
Dogs spend 50% of their daytime sleeping, so a comfortable bed is a must. A complacent bed with a soft blanket should be the focal point of the space.
If you are using a crate make sure you add enough bedding to make it comfy.
Choose a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the house. Make sure that it is not close to a vent, window, or anywhere in which they’ll get hit by a draft or heat. It’s essential to place their crate, or designated area, out of direct sunlight to prevent it from heating up and be uncomfortable for your pooch.


Play Area

Fido needs mental exercise as much as physical, and just because you’re not home doesn’t mean you can’t challenge their brains. These puzzle and activity toys are a great addition to your dog’s room.

KONG toys are a classic when it comes to doggo toys. Fill them with breakfast kibble or treats. A seek-a-treat puzzle toy challenges which will require your dog to use his nose and paws.
You could also look for a number of DIY ideas on YouTube and Google and create your own puzzle or toy for your baby.


Surveillance gear

If you are someone that goes to the office or require leaving the dog at home alone, then a nice surveillance camera is suggested. It will help you check on your pup at all times and give you the assurance that he’s safe. A basic webcam won’t cost too much.


Room Decor

Decorating the room for your dog is a strategic task that requires planning and creativity. Make a list of things that belong exclusively to your dog. These involve your mutt’s clothing, toys, dog collars, leashes, and costumes.

Once you have prepared the list, look for suitable furniture that can store all the stuff. It could be a miniature armoire or cabinet.

Add some photo frames on the wall with your photos with her/him together.
You add fairy lights to make the ambiance more cozy and lit.

You could also follow a theme or a color palette for the furniture and bedding.

A hanger or hook to hang the dog collar and leashes will organize things so next time you’ll not run around the house looking for the leash.

Wrap Up

With just a little planning and organizing, you can decorate or create a whole new space for your dog. Make sure to keep it simple, less cluttered and organized. A less cluttered space will be easy to clean and maintain. Clean the space as frequently as you can. If your dog isn’t potty trained, you could use pads till they get trained.
A good rule to follow is to keep a food bowl on the other side of their space, away from bedding. Because dogs are messy eaters, you could use a tray or placemat under the bowls to keep their area clean.

Remember that your pet won’t know how much you’re spending on them so they’ll be happy with whatever space you give them. It’s how much love you dedicate to that place that will make him wag his tail.

About the Author

Harsh Arora is a Content Consultant at leopard-gecko and an Animal Assisted Social Worker in the USA. Harsh is passionate about the start-up ecosystem, social work, animal welfare, latest tech innovations, and all that makes this world better for animals. When he is not writing, he loves to play animals, cook and go on drives. Prior to this, he was working for a Pet Tech company based in Norwalk as a content contributor and petcare advisor.


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As the owner of an adorable Clumberdoodle named Bentley, I know that I only want the very best for my furry friend. Often, I simply cannot be sure what goes into meals and treats that you can buy in the supermarket.

I decided to start looking at ways of making healthy meals and treats for Bentley and have gathered a nice collection of his favorite recipes.

Why make their meals yourself?

Well, there is an awful lack of adequate regulation when it comes to the pet industry. While human food is well regulated, it seems that pet food is sadly lacking here. The bottom line is that you can never be sure who to trust when it comes to buying food for your pet, and neither can you be 100% sure of what goes into those meals.

Making Bentley’s meals and treats myself means that I can control what he eats. I know that there are no preservatives and flavorings in his meals, and I also know that there are no added chemicals which may harm him. Additionally, cooking Bentley’s meals for him means that I can omit anything that he does not like and only add those he enjoys eating.

I am also in control of portion size and calorie counts so Bentley will never be overweight because of hidden sugars. There are never any added fillers to pad out the meal, and it pleases me that the only things in his meals are those that I would eat myself.

By saving all my small containers and use them to freeze portions of foods for Bentley, in fact he has his own shelf in the freezer. If I set aside an hour on a Saturday I can make a whole week worth of meals for him. I know what he’s eating, and he loves them! A small container will hold about 1/3 cup although they will vary depending on what type you can get hold of.

What You’ll Need

I would only use the best ingredients for my pooch, and although Bentley is not what I would call a fussy eater, there are some things he does not like so I just leave them out.

As far as meat goes, you could do this with turkey or beef as well. Bentley doesn’t get any chicken or turkey other than breast. This prevents getting any bones stuck in his throat. Better to be safe than sorry, so it’s only chicken breast for my boy!

Here’s Bentley’s favorite cooked meal. I add half a small container to his dry food, and he cannot wait for meal times!

Healthy Chicken Veggie Oatmeal Recipe


1 chicken breast
1 cup of fresh vegetables (use whatever your pooch enjoys)
1 cup oats (you can use either instant or regular)
1 teaspoon gravy mix (this is really just to give the dish some color)


For the veggies, Bentley likes broccoli carrots, beans, and sweet potato. He loves them! 

Chop the chicken and veggies up into 1 cm cubes. Place in a medium sized pot with enough water to cover them, add the gravy mix and boil until the vegetables are almost cooked.

Add the oats and stir to mix. Let the mixture simmer until the vegetables and chicken are tender and the oats cooked.

The mixture should thicken nicely with the oats. It will also thicken a little more as it cools.

When cool, scoop into small containers, chill, label, and freeze. Make sure you keep one container out for the meal that day.


An alternative to oats is to add rice, and I have done this. Bentley loves it just as much as the oats, and I cook it the same way until the rice is done. It will thicken up as it cools, and then I freeze it the same way.

One thing I am careful not to use is any leftover gravy unless I am sure that there is no onion in it. Onion is not good for dogs and you should not add it to any meals you cook for your pooch. If there is no onion in my gravy leftovers, there is no reason why you can’t add this to the meal for a little extra flavor.

I’ve also used up any leftover vegetables that Bentley likes, I just don’t add them with the chicken as they are already cooked.

I never add any salt to this meal, or any other seasonings although you can add what your dog likes to boost the flavor. Bentley is quite happy to eat it as it is, in fact, he will gladly eat more of it. Mind you, at least I know exactly what is going into this dish and there is nothing that will harm him.

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Wrap Up

I hope your dog enjoys this meal as much as Bentley does. It’s easy to make and if you have never made a meal for your dog before, this is a great way to start. There is nothing in it that will harm your pet and quite honestly, I think it tastes delicious!

About the Author

My name is Valerie. I am the proud owner of Bentley, who is a Clumberdoodle. That’s a mix of Clumber Spaniel and Standard Poodle. Writing is my passion and writing about dogs gives me a chance to share our experiences with Bentley. I write about him in articles for!


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